• WordNet 3.6
    • n deflection a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern) "a diversion from the main highway","a digression into irrelevant details","a deflection from his goal"
    • n deflection the property of being bent or deflected
    • n deflection the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
    • n deflection the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
    • n deflection a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • Deflection (Opt) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
    • Deflection The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation. "The other leads to the same point, through certain deflections ."
    • Deflection (Engin) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.
    • Deflection (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deflection The act of turning or the state of being turned aside from a straight line or course; a turning from a true line or the regular course; deviation.
    • n deflection Figuratively, deviation from the right, regular, or expected course of action or thought; aberration.
    • n deflection Specifically Nautical, the deviation of a ship from her true course in sailing.
    • n deflection In optics, a deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection. See diffraction.
    • n deflection In electricity, the deviation or swing of a magnetic needle from the zero of its position: often measured in degrees.
    • n deflection In mathematics: The distance by which a curve departs from another curve, or from a straight line.
    • n deflection Any effect either of curvature or of discontinuous change of direction.
    • n deflection In mech., the bending of material under a transverse strain, as of a beam under the weight of a load.
    • n deflection In entomology: The state of being bent downward: as, a deflection of the side of the pronotum.
    • n deflection A deflected part or margin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Deflection deviation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deflexio, fr. deflectere,: cf. F. déflexion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.


In literature:

Deflection and Elevation Correction Drills.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The deflecting rudder also aided greatly in this movement.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
The regular course of trade is apt to be deflected by famines in India or Japan.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
This treatment served to deflect the line a little; yet, try as he would, Tad seemed unable to turn the bunch toward home.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Hate and fear are iron ore in our life's vessel, it deflects the compass and prevents our holding to the course.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
His bias deflects their actions.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Of not less grave import was the deflection from the lofty moral standard of the fathers.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
When a magnetic field is applied, however, the rays are deflected, as shown in the lower diagram.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Half the light is deflected on this screen, with a delicate photo-electric cell at its center.
"Out Around Rigel" by Robert H. Wilson
Even those lenses wouldn't deflect them if they weren't solid fields of force.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Instantly, there was a sharp deflection of the kilovoltmeter.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
But Patty, being in a reminiscent mood, continued the conversation with Harriet, who had no mail to deflect her.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
Nearly a mile above, a less well defined track deflected from the main road.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
He reached over and deflected the toggle on the intercom.
"Unthinkable" by Roger Phillips Graham
The soul loves honor, and passion tempts it to deflect its pathway.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Maybe some of the great blast was deflected here.
"The Gun" by Philip K. Dick
Already our ship is equipped with a force field designed especially to deflect your atomic guns.
"Acid Bath" by Vaseleos Garson
The magnetic ray was deflected.
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
The saddle caused it to deflect upwards, or it would have gone through the other leg.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
All life has its elan, but only the prevalence of dead habits deflects life into mere elan.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In poetry:

When the restless river of time loved to linger;
Ere flesh felt the quiver of death's dissolving finger;
When man's intuition led without deflection,
To a sure fruition, and a full perfection.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
The stopped horse on his chromium pole
Stares through us; his hooves chew the breeze.
Your shirt of crisp linen
Bloats like a spinnaker. Hat brims
Deflect the watery dazzle; the people idle
As if in hospital.
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Broncos' David Bruton makes preparation pay off with deflected punt.
Barry Cofield leads the league in deflected passes by linemen.
Poll Shows Obama Deflected Recent Attacks.
Rodriguez Hit in Cheek by Deflected Throw.
'Immaculate deflection ' lives on in Broncos-Bengals lore.
Stokley, Broncos return to scene of the Immaculate Deflection in 2009.
Eriez High Deflection (HD) series feeders handle products that normally can't be fed successfully onto an electromagnetic feeder.
Jimmy Carter deflects praise for post-presidency work, says he's just a ' traveling salesman '.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke this week deflected questions as to whether he would continue to use Denard Robinson on kickoff returns.
The fixed louvers on the corner window are angled to deflect the sun at its hottest.
MIT grad student Sung Wook Paek suggests we can deflect killer asteroids with paintball .
The Devils successfully killed the four-minute penalty , and then Fedor Tyutin promptly slapped a shot that Chris Drury deflected past Brodeur for a 3-2 Rangers lead.
Despite his success in every phase of the game, Young is an unselfish player and is quick to deflect any praise to his teammates and coaches.
With sound research, we may be able to deflect some of the unnecessary food safety requirements that retailers impose.
In his options for scrapping the rescued mortgage companies, Obama deflects political heat--with some risk.

In science:

The interaction of the electron and positron beams at the IP causes a beam deflection that is related to the beam offset.
Active Vibration Suppression R&D for the NLC
In case of the background Minkowsky metric and linear approximation to the Schwartzshild metric as a perturbation, Eq. (8) yields the well-known relation for deflection angle and gravitational time delay.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
Ellenbogen, T., Ganany- Padowicz, A., & Arie, A., Nonlinear photonic structures for all-optical deflection Optics Express 16, 3077-3082 (2008).
Non-reciprocal second harmonic generation in ferroelectric photonic structures
Due to the positive charge at the center of the channel, positively charged ions are deflected.
Nano-Biotechnology: Structure and Dynamics of Nanoscale Biosystems
Like its predecessor for the static gravitational field from 1911-1912, the "Entwurf " theory predicted the same value for the deflection of light in a gravitational field of the sun, 0.83 seconds of arc.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
The PEP II injection bunch is extracted from the linac at the 9.5 GeV point in sector 10 where it is deflected into the NIT bypass line by a 30 Hz pulsed magnet. The scavenger bunch for positron production is accelerated up to sector 19 to approximately 30 GeV.
Parameters for a 30 GeV Undulator Test Facility in the FFTB/LCLS
Here qh = 0 corresponds to the outgoing electron velocity direction and negative qh corresponds to the direction of electron deflection.
Synchrotron radiation contributions to optical diffraction radiation measurements
The SR intensity from a SM for the maximum of angular distribution as a function of electron deflection angle.
Synchrotron radiation contributions to optical diffraction radiation measurements
Classical Tests The perihelion advance anomaly of Mercury, the deflection of light passing the limb of the Sun and the gravitational redshift are the three classical tests of relativistic gravity. Using EEP, Einstein derived the deflection of light passing the limb of the Sun in 1911.
Empirical Foundations of Relativistic Gravity
In the ranging experiments, the retardations (Shapiro time delays) of the electromagnetic waves are measured to give γ. In the astrometric experiments, the deflections of the electromagnetic waves are measured to give γ. These two kinds of experiments complement each other in determining γ.
Empirical Foundations of Relativistic Gravity
However, the mechanism for the radio emission of air showers was recently revisited and proposed to be coherent geosynchrotron emission4: Secondary electrons and positrons produced in the particle cascade rush with velocities close to the speed of light through the Earth’s magnetic field and are deflected.
Detection and imaging of atmospheric radio flashes from cosmic ray air showers
The idea to deflect proton beams using bent crystals, originally proposed by E.N. Tsyganov in 1976 and demonstrated in 1979 in Dubna on proton beams of a few GeV energy has received strong development. The physics related to channeling mechanisms was studied in details, first in the early 1980’s at St.
Crystal simulations: the road from the SPS to the LHC
Figure 9. Photograph of the deflected (left) and incident (right) beams as seen downstream of the crystal. Prior to the test, the crystal was exposed in the ring to 50-ms pulses of very intense beam (~1014 proton hits per pulse).
Crystal simulations: the road from the SPS to the LHC
Ashby, “Relativity in the Global Positioning System,”, (2003). 4) A. Eddington and C. Davidson, "A Determination of the Deflection of Light by the Sun's Gravitational Field, from Observations Made at the Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919", Phil.
A revisit of the papers on the theory of relativity: Reconsideration of the hypothesis of ether-dragging
Our simulation results showed that an excitation signal of Up=14.5 V amplitude and fe=950 Hz frequency would result in a peak acceleration of amax= 73.733g and a total deflection of 4.844 µm. We applied this excitation as an FVT signal to the samples being under TCT test in the heat chamber. VII.
Vibration Combined High Temperature Cycle Tests for Capacitive MEMS Accelerometers